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Combined combustion tester CO + Manometer
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Wondering if anyone has any feedback on the combustion analyzers that have integrated pressure measurements. I am getting ready to move to two crews and do not want to buy a separate manometer as we…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Kjelshus Nov 15, 2013.

Insulation/venting/air barrier for cathedral ceiling
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I have a client who has built a home that is ready for insulation. That said - it is what it is and I am not looking for what should have been done - there will be no reconstruction. We are the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by tedkidd Oct 29, 2013.

Easy Tests for HVAC during audit
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I was looking to beef up my offerings for standard energy audit and feel like some quick screening tests for HVAC would be great. The only test I currently do is a dominate duct test. Since I am…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by R Higgins Aug 11, 2013.

Sources for duct insulation savings
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Does anyone have any sources for savings estimates for wrapping ducts?In particular - I am interested to know the performance difference between:1/2" fiberglass wrap with no backing2" fiberglass duct…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Nicholas Feb 15, 2013.

 

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Eric Kjelshus replied to Craig Bird's discussion Combined combustion tester CO + Manometer
"I have a Testo and Bacharach  that reads in Inch of water.   Its ok to poor but not as use-full as  you think.    I like to make 2 holes in the flue and use one with a high end manometer and other flue gas  02, CO2,…"
Nov 15, 2013
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Combined combustion tester CO + Manometer

Wondering if anyone has any feedback on the combustion analyzers that have integrated pressure measurements. I am getting ready to move to two crews and do not want to buy a separate manometer as we may be doing combustion tests separately from the job date.I am looking at the TPI 708 for $336 at professional equipmentThanks!See More
Nov 11, 2013
Chris Peters replied to Craig Bird's discussion Combined combustion tester CO + Manometer
"I just looked at the specs. What I couldn't determine was the draft measure increment. Here's what I do know about the Bacharach and Testo Analyzers. They round to the nearest pascal for draft. As we in NY use the BPI protocols, this can…"
Nov 8, 2013
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Combined combustion tester CO + Manometer

Wondering if anyone has any feedback on the combustion analyzers that have integrated pressure measurements. I am getting ready to move to two crews and do not want to buy a separate manometer as we may be doing combustion tests separately from the job date.I am looking at the TPI 708 for $336 at professional equipmentThanks!See More
Nov 5, 2013
tedkidd replied to Craig Bird's discussion Insulation/venting/air barrier for cathedral ceiling
"Surface temp.   The thicker the foam, the less likely you'll have condensing surface temps on the inside.  2 passes should net 3.5 nominal lift.   Might as well do two full passes."
Oct 29, 2013
Craig Bird replied to Craig Bird's discussion Insulation/venting/air barrier for cathedral ceiling
"What is the magic of that extra 0.5" vs 2 or 3 in?"
Oct 29, 2013
tedkidd replied to Craig Bird's discussion Insulation/venting/air barrier for cathedral ceiling
"These people want tongue in groove, and do not want to install it over drywall.  (More details that would be helpful to know up front for good critical path design process.) Tongue in groove is almost guaranteed to leak.  Plastic is…"
Oct 29, 2013
Craig Bird replied to Craig Bird's discussion Insulation/venting/air barrier for cathedral ceiling
"I don't know if this would change your response, but I mentioned an inside Vapor Permeable Air Barrier"
Oct 29, 2013
Craig Bird replied to Craig Bird's discussion Insulation/venting/air barrier for cathedral ceiling
"Tongue and groove is considered a 15 minute thermal barrier"
Oct 29, 2013
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Craig Bird's discussion Insulation/venting/air barrier for cathedral ceiling
"If memory serves me correctly you need 2" per codes to qualify which should put you over the R5 or R10 also called out for in the code books - the only exception is tile roofing in a few areas but it doesn't sound like you qualify One…"
Oct 29, 2013
Glen Gallo replied to Craig Bird's discussion Insulation/venting/air barrier for cathedral ceiling
"I would not.  I would go with suggestions that bring the space to normal building practices as you would expect to see. I would go with drywall. Drywall is also a fire barrier besides being an air barrier and none of your suggestions are.…"
Oct 29, 2013
Craig Bird replied to Craig Bird's discussion Insulation/venting/air barrier for cathedral ceiling
"Out of curiosity if we were to install R30 in the cavity - what about installing a vapor permeable air barrier sealed at seams and edges at the bottom chord before installing tongue and groove? I know it is sacrilege, but I actually see vented and…"
Oct 28, 2013
Craig Bird replied to Craig Bird's discussion Insulation/venting/air barrier for cathedral ceiling
"Sorry guys, I should have specified Spray Foam, not rigid foam. We offer open/closed cell in addition to our blown/batt options. @Tedd - Thanks for the advice. We are not quoting against anyone and I always consider these situations part of my…"
Oct 28, 2013
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Craig Bird's discussion Insulation/venting/air barrier for cathedral ceiling
"What a mess but there is one simple rule to always keep in mind - if water might be an issue only closed cell is a viable option. You can try drainage & venting options but you wont know till to late if there will be an issue. If I was…"
Oct 28, 2013
tedkidd replied to Craig Bird's discussion Insulation/venting/air barrier for cathedral ceiling
" "Free Quotes" are expensive enough for contractors that they should try to avoid them, particularly if there is no specification to quote to. In my mind building a spec is what the architect and engineer should have done.…"
Oct 28, 2013
Glen Gallo replied to Craig Bird's discussion Insulation/venting/air barrier for cathedral ceiling
"Craig With you quoting CA Title 24 insulation standards I will assume you are here in the Peoples Republic of California. With R-38 you are not a coastal region. The picture shows an eclectic choice of materials and more problems than the roof that…"
Oct 28, 2013

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